This is a fascinating amaranth, often simply called Red Leaf in the market, that produces large green leaves with red stripes in the center. This variety is a vigorously growing vegetable in warm weather. Some people grow this variety as decorative plants as well as leafy vegetable plants. Young leaves and stems can be harvested periodically for a long time during the growth. This vegetable is very popular in Chinatown and Southern Asia. Chinese and Vietnamese use this vegetable for stir-fry and soup. Leaves with red stripes will release red color into soups and dishes when cooked.